One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was -- as usual -- in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.
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We were on a tryout-in-the-sticks basis now, as not everyone in the Tom Paine
knew that I was not Bonforte. I did not ... I was fairly sure that Bonforte's chief clerk
, Mr. Washington, knew but never let on; he was a spare, elderly mulatto with the
The tightrope act I was going to have to attempt was made possible only by
Bonforte's Farleyfile, perhaps the best one ever compiled. Farley was a political
manager of the twentieth century, of Eisenhower I believe, and the method he
But Bonforte was not preaching sweetness and light. ... is no point in taking your
stage with your eyes bagging like hound's ears— but I got interested in what I
was studying and there was a plentiful supply of pepper pills in Bonforte's desk.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
This 1956 Hugo award winning novel is included in the science fiction masterwork series and either has not aged well or was a lack lustre rip-off from the start. It takes as a basis for its story the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It's a relatively simple and predictable plot: Lorenzo Smythe is an actor hired to impersonate a politician at a key political moment. Only thing is, the ... Read full review